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1. Narcissus tazetta var. chinensis M. Roemer, Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 4: 223. 1847.

水仙 shui xian

Bulbs ovoid. Leaves broadly linear, flat, 20--40 × 0.8--1.5 cm, margin entire, apex obtuse. Flowering stems usually equaling leaves. Umbels 4--8-flowered; involucres membranous. Flowers fragrant; pedicels unequal, perianth tube glaucous, ca. 2 cm, slender, nearly 3-angled; lobes widely spreading, white, broadly elliptic to ovate, apex shortly acute; corona pale yellow, shallowly cupular, less than 1/2 as long as perianth, margin not undulate. Stamens ca. 4 mm, not exserted. Fl. Feb--Mar. 2 n = 30*.

* Sandy places, wastelands; near sea level to 100 m. SE Fujian, E Zhejiang.

Narcissus tazetta var. chinensis is widely cultivated as an ornamental in China. It was reported to be introduced 1300--1400 years ago, and has become naturalized in coastal areas and offshore islands of Fujian and Zhejiang.


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